Grandparents raising grandchildren have plenty to do without fretting over tax returns. But there is a very good reason to not procrastinate: you may be eligible for up to $6,000 in tax refunds by claiming the Earned Income Tax credit. Fortunately, folks out there are ready to help you…for free.
Many of services welcome walk-ins, but you will probably save time by calling ahead to schedule a visit. Also, hours are limited. In other words, don’t wait until April 12 to get started!
Here are two great resources for finding free tax assistance.
This AARP site will show you a map. You enter your zip code and the map updates to show you locations where you can meet advisers near you.
This website is slightly more challenging to navigate, and the other hand, it can help you find non-English language help from Korean to Vietnamese. You can also get directions.
You will probably need to bring Social Security numbers, W-2s, last year’s tax return if available, 1099s you got from financial institutions and child and dependent care information.